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Niek specializes in the resolution of commercial and contractual disputes. He represents his clients in (national and international) arbitration, court proceedings and ADR. In addition to his work as counsel, Niek is also a Professor of International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Groningen. He is regularly appointed as arbitrator, binding advisor and expert.
Niek advises and litigates on various issues, including the conclusion, performance and termination of commercial contracts, civil liability and damages. Niek has special expertise in the field of arbitration. He also has extensive knowledge of and experience with the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and setting aside proceedings. Whenever possible, Niek helps to prevent disputes or to resolve them at an early stage.
Niek works for clients in a wide range of industries, including the energy sector, the machine industry, international trade, the financial sector (including private equity) and the professional services sector. He also represents and litigates against foreign states. Furthermore, (foreign) lawyers engage Niek as expert in the field of Dutch arbitration law and Dutch private international law.
Clients and peers enjoy working with Niek. In Who’s Who Legal (2020-2023), he is described by them as “a great attorney”, “a clever practitioner”, “quick minded and smart”, “full of excellent ideas”, “extremely thorough”, “with a strong knowledge of arbitration law”, and with “the ability to find practical and effective solutions to difficult issues”.
Niek has special knowledge of and experience with:
Niek has been in private practice for more than 18 years. Before he joined Legaltree, he was a partner at Simmons & Simmons, where he headed the Amsterdam commercial litigation and arbitration group. Niek has recently represented, among others:
In addition to his work as counsel, Niek is also a Professor of International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Groningen, where he has taught the course International Commercial Dispute Settlement Law since 2008. Niek is a guest lecturer at several Dutch and foreign universities as well.
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Niek has been included in the first (2022) Legal500 Arbitration Powerlist – Benelux Region and he is ranked as generation partner
‘The level of expertise and quality is very high.’
‘We appreciate Niek Peters’ tactics in our case, which helped winning more than once.’
‘Strong legal knowledge with a determination to win.’
‘Niek Peters is a strong intellect, committed to win.’
‘The legal knowledge and practical awareness of the court system is outstanding.’
‘Niek combines high-level academic knowledge with practical experience and a low-key, can-do approach.’
‘Niek Peters has great academic background that really helps to solve the most difficult questions’.